If you're like me, you started on a bike with stablisers which were removed after a while, with a few wobbles until you got the hang of things. Something I had never seen until recently was a balance bike.
Advocates of balance bikes believe that children learn to ride a bike faster if they start this way. Kids learn to balance and steer first and the easier pedalling comes later when they move to a regular bicycle.
Kidimoto balance bike
Time: Varies on the child and their age. Some children may take weeks before they get the full hang of it.
Materials Balance bike (usual available in metal or wood)
First you need to ensure the bike is right for your child. They should be able to comfortably sit on the bike with both feet full touching the ground.
Get your child excited first about the bike, perhaps choosing the colour and touching it. You shouldn't make them feel like they are under pressure at any point. Learning to ride a bike is all about the fun.
Don't forget a helmet, it's good to get into the safety habit from day 1.
Choose a flat, quiet area to practise without any danger from cars. A peaceful park with wide paved pathways would be ideal.
Let your child start by walking around with the bike between their legs, don't push them to sit down and scoot along too soon.
As your child walks around they will start to change direction and use the handle bar.
Once they become confident and familiar with the bike, they can try sitting on the saddle and will gradually switch to having more weight taken there than on their feet.
Sat comfortably on the saddle, encourage your child to use their feet to propel the bike and they'll soon be gliding along.
Most of all, have fun and enjoy the experience. Before you know it they will be scooting off and you'll be running to keep up with them.